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FIFA set to review criteria for national teams’ monthly rankings — official

October 13, 15:05 UTC+3 ZURICH
The Russian national team is currently ranked in the 38th position of FIFA monthly rankings
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ZURICH, October 13. /TASS/. The International Federation of Football Associations (FIFA) intends to review its current criteria regarding the monthly-published rankings list of the top global football nations, Alexei Sorokin, the director general of Russia-2018 Local Organizing Committee (LOC), told TASS on Thursday.

"Some members of the FIFA Council on the organization of the World Cup voiced its concerns during the session (on Thursday) regarding the unbiased approach to the ranking system," Sorokin said in an interview with TASS.

The Russian national team is currently ranked in the 38th position of FIFA monthly rankings, but is expected to be dropped down to the 52nd place following the renewed standings lists of FIFA on October 20.

"This system depends on a number of friendly matches and on the roster of the national teams lined up for these friendly matches," Sorokin said. "Some prefer playing with weak teams, while others aim for stronger opponents, and the ranking list is eventually subjected to grand shifts."

"The FIFA administration made a decision to straighten out this issue and plans to come up with proposals regarding the amendments to the ranking system and it can happen in the coming months," he said. "There is a chance that this issue will be discussed at the FIFA Council’s session next January."

The FIFA ranking lists were officially introduced in 1993 and the Russian national football team demonstrated its worst performance in 1998, sinking to the 40th place.

The national teams around the globe are currently in the qualifying stage battling for the place in the 2018 FIFA World Cup, while Russia as the host nation has been already guaranteed the birth in the world’s main quadrennial football event.

Therefore, the Russian national team is playing friendly football matches in the run-up to the much anticipated FIFA World Cup and its match against Costa Rica in the Russian southern city of Krasnodar on October 9 was its third friendly encounter over the past two months.

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